Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Happy Heart

WE often make our duties harder by thinking them hard. We dwell on the things we do not like till they grow before our eyes, and, at last, perhaps shut out heaven itself. But this is not following our Master, and He, we may be sure, will value little the obedience of a discontented heart. The moment we see that anything to be done is a plain duty, we must resolutely trample out every rising impulse of discontent. We must not merely prevent our discontent from interfering, with the duty itself; we must not merely prevent it from breaking out into murmuring; we must get rid of the discontent itself. Cheerfulness in the service of Christ is one of the first requisites to make that service Christian.


Even tho the above is a bit gruff and bossy, I still like it.
It has the 'Get over it', 'Snap out of it', kick in the pants that I sometimes need.
Once swallowed up in the pity party, woe is me attitude it can be tricky to shake off. But it is possible to change our own attitudes. And it doesn't have to take days.

How can we be cheerful?

By being thankful. By examining your 'rights'. By studying the character of God.

Or a swift kick in the pants from old Mr. Temple.

Encourage one another,

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